Jennifer Locke is a member of Goodwin’s Trust & Estate Court practice. She specializes in advising fiduciaries with respect to their duties and responsibilities, risk management and best practices for professional trustees and corporate trust departments. Ms. Locke has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, which became effective on July 8, 2012. She counsels fiduciaries about the expanded rights of trust beneficiaries under the MUTC, virtual representation issues, protections afforded by the various statutes of limitations in the MUTC, and opportunities to settle disputes with limited court intervention.

In addition, Ms. Locke specializes in representing fiduciaries in litigation cases that involve trust and estate matters, including breach of fiduciary duty and removal of trustee actions, disputes over fiduciary accounts, will contests, transfer tax controversies and matters involving the establishment and treatment of trusts in divorce actions. She also works on a variety of other types of matters in the Massachusetts courts, including obtaining court approval of non-judicial settlement agreements and proposed virtual representation, and trust reformation and interpretation actions. Finally, she represents numerous charitable organizations in connection with testamentary bequests and devises.

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Ms. Locke is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Fiduciary Litigation sections of the Boston Bar Association. She was a member of the BBA Trusts & Estates Section Steering Committee from 1994-1999 and 2013-2016, and chaired the Fiduciary Litigation Section from 2013-2015. Ms. Locke served as Program Co-Chair of the Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum in 2012-2013.

Ms. Locke is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum and the Boston Estate Planning Council. On a pro bono basis, Ms. Locke represents children fleeing abusive and dangerous situations in Central America and entering the U.S. without a parent. This involves appearances in the U.S. Immigration Court and before the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Locke volunteers as counsel to Health Care Without Walls, a charitable organization that provides free health care to homeless women. Ms. Locke also served on the Probate Fiduciary Law Session Working Group, which led to the establishment of the Probate and Family Court Fiduciary Litigation Session.


Ms. Locke has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Trusts and Estates 2022-2023.

While attending law school, Ms. Locke served as note editor for the Boston College Law Review.

Ms. Locke was recognized in the 2015 New England Super Lawyers magazine for the Boston metropolitan area. In 2018 and 2019, she was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of Estate & Trust Litigation.

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JD, 1991
Boston College Law School

(magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)

M.S.W., 1991
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
BS, 1987
Lesley College
A.O.S., 1981
The Culinary Institute of America


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Honorable Francis P. O'Connor





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